October 18, 2018

Heard County swears in new firefighters

Front Row Left to right: Deputy Chief Jim Short, Harrison Andros, Michael West, Jeffrey Walker, Traquavius Johnson, Justin Jackson, Jeremy Cheeks, Eric Dewberry, Chief Steve Wirth, Lt. Nikki Culpepper Back Row Left to right: Commission Chairman, Lee Boone, Capt. Brant Steen, Battalion Chief Scott Parrott, Battalion Chief Jeff Whoric, Battalion Chief, Phillip Spradlin, Capt. Tom Salls Jr. (Photo: Debbie O'Neal/Times~Journal)

Front (L-R): Deputy Chief Jim Short, Harrison Andros, Michael West, Jeffrey Walker, Traquavius Johnson, Justin Jackson, Jeremy Cheeks, Eric Dewberry, Chief Steve Wirth, Lt. Nikki Culpepper
Back (L-R): Commission Chairman, Lee Boone, Capt. Brant Steen, Battalion Chief Scott Parrott, Battalion Chief Jeff Whoric, Battalion Chief, Phillip Spradlin, Capt. Tom Salls Jr. (Photo: Debbie O’Neal/Times~Journal)

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Fire Department held its 2016 rookie class graduation ceremony at the EMS headquarters last Thursday.

Seven new recruits were honored after completing an extensive three-month training program to become new Heard County firefighters.

Capt. Brant Steen gave an introduction of the many instructors and recognized recruit Jeffery Walker as the class valedictorian.

Heard County Commission Chairman Mr. Lee Boone spoke to the class about how important and critical their service is to Heard County.

“Twelve recruits started out and only seven remain. This shows that you seven really wanted to be firemen and each of you have worked hard and have earned the right to be here,” said Boone. “ I guess we could call you our Magnificent Seven.”

Boone expressed the importance of getting to a call safely as being the number one priority. He stated, “The biggest risk is getting there, try your best not to be a statistic. Safety is paramount before you get to a call. Congratulations to you all, make Heard County proud!”

Deputy Chief Jim Short presented certificates to Harrison Perry Andros, Jeremy Alan Cheeks, Eric Dewayne Dewberry, Justin Lamar Jackson, Traquavius Stephaun Johnson, Jeffery Allen Walker and Michael Keith West.

“These men have put in 400 hours of training where only 22 hours are required. They have cut cars, drug fire hose, crawled in the dark, rolled in the smoke, rescued dummies and rescued each other,” said Short. “This is a no-drama group and their wives will be happy to know they have become experts at cleaning.”

Heard County Fire Chief Mr. Steve Wirth presented each of the men with the fireman badge and gave a brief history on the badge.

Chairman Boone swore in the new graduates with the fireman’s oath, as family and friends watched in admiration.

The ceremony ended with each new firefighter being assigned to their station by Deputy Chief Jim Short.

Comments

  1. TJ Cheeks says:

    Congratulations Jeremy! Always glad to hear good news about the Cheeks family.

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